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Two things have come to identify Kevin Smith over the course of his career: his beloved hockey jerseys; and his iconic character, Silent Bob. Today, we learn that the writer/director/podcaster is preparing to rid himself of one… and it ain’t the plus-sized apparel.
That’s right, Kevin Smith admitted in an interview with the Australian news outlet news.com.au that an upcoming sequence in his planned homage to Jaws titled Moose Jaws (you read that correctly) will be a tragic death scene for Silent Bob. The way Smith describes it, Moose Jaws will be part of his unofficial Canadian trilogy (which also includes Tusk and Yoga Hosers), and will operate like Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, only with a moose in place of the shark. I’m not kidding. So, as Smith elaborates:
I was talking to Jay [Mewes] about Moose Jaws and I’m like, ‘I’m thinking about bringing us in as the Captain Quint character’. And he goes, ‘Yeah, but Quint gets killed!’ I was like, ‘One of us has to get eaten’. And he was like, ‘You. Not me’. I was like, ‘Why?’ And he was like, ‘Because I wanna be in other movies!’ Fair enough, dude. So, rather than let [Silent Bob] go out with dignity, he’ll be eaten by a fucking moose.
Silent Bob has been around since Kevin Smith’s first movie, Clerks, released back in 1994. The character (played by the filmmaker, obviously) has appeared in numerous Smith films over the years, last popping up in the 2013 animated feature Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. His best scene, though? Probably has to be his heartfelt memory from Chasing Amy:
Now, here’s where things get interesting. Because Kevin Smith often teases multiple upcoming films, we’re left to wonder when he’ll film Moose Jaws, and when he’ll kill Silent Bob off. The director has talked often about filming both Mallrats 2 and Clerks III, and Silent Bob would be relatively crucial to both of those films (seeing as how he was a big part of the worlds created in those stories). It’s possible that Moose Jaws (which is still in the scripting phase) gets pushed to the back of the production line behind the Mallrats and Clerks sequels… if they actually happen. Smith talks about a LOT of movies that he wants to make. Not all of them make it to the theaters.
Still, if he’s going to send Silent Bob into the great unknown, then modeling him as Quint in a Jaws spoof and allowing him to get eaten by a moose is somewhat fitting. We can only hope that Smith has penned a monologue for Bob akin to Quint’s Indianapolis speech from Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece. That’d be a worthy way to die.